Unbeaten Red Wings Book Play-Off Spot



Andre Smith (Krasnye Krylia)
Andre Smith top scored for Krasnye Krylia with 21 points, adding six rebounds

Krasnye Krylia extended their unbeaten record in Group K of the EuroChallenge Last 16 to 4-0 with a straightforward 93-68 road win over the struggling Norrköping Dolphins, being the first team to book their spot in the quarter-final play-offs.

After an uncharacteristic slow start, Krasnye Krylia took control of the game midway through the first quarter and led the rest of the way untroubled.

Andre Smith led the Samara side with 21 points while Omar Thomas and Chester Simmons added 17 each and Anton Pushkov 10.

The Dolphins had pulled into an early 8-3 lead on Christian Maraker's jump-shot but it was not a lead built to last and Evgeny Kolesnikov followed a three-pointer with a lay-up to tie it at 10 before Smith's jump-shot put the Russians ahead.

A 14-0 charge soon followed, with Smith's three-pointer making it 26-13 with 2:34 left in the first period.

The Dolphins got back to within 32-27 on Oladapo Ayuba's three-point play early in the second quarter, but Krasnye Krylia reeled off another 10-2 charge to lead 42-29 on Thomas' lay-up.

Back-to-back three-pointers from Kolesnikov and Thomas helped them into a 50-32 lead late in the second quarter and they went in at half-time leading 57-41.

The Dolphins stemmed the flow in the third quarter, but Krasnye Krylia finished strong and Aleksei Fedorchuk hit a three on the buzzer to give them a winning margin of 25.

Maraker led the Dolphins with 13 points while Ayuba had 12, Edgars Jeromanovs 11 and Keith Gabriel 10.


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